Nine startups — ranging from a case management platform for pro se litigants to an application designed to automate the estate-settlement process — have been selected to participate in the fourth year of the LexisNexis Legal Tech Accelerator program.
LexisNexis launched the accelerator program in 2017 to give startups a leg-up in the rapidly expanding legal tech industry. Companies selected to participate receive hands-on mentoring and guidance, as well as access to cutting-edge tools and technologies.
The accelerator runs September to December and is co-located in the Menlo Park, Calif., offices of Lex Machina and the LexisNexis Raleigh Technology Center in Raleigh, N.C.
Each of the nine companies selected this year is driving innovation in a distinct area of law, LexisNexis says. The nine are:
- Civvis, a natural language platform that connects consumers with trusted legal solutions.
- ClearstoneIP, a company that is modernizing patent clearance management with a purpose-built and collaborative web platform.
- Courtroom5, which offers pro se litigants a case management platform that provides bite-sized, just-in-time legal information, document templates, searchable case law, elements-to-evidence case analysis, and other litigation tools.
- Discovery Genie, an affordable and easy-to-use e-discovery platform designed to simplify document production and indexing for litigators and paralegals.
- DueCourse, a learning and professional development platform that helps lawyers take control of their career and map and track their professional development through frictionless, personalized learning.
- JDoe, an anonymous, end-to-end encrypted reporting platform that connects survivors of sexual misconduct with civil litigators to pursue justice against repeat offenders.
- Lawgood, an application that helps lawyers make better contracts without expensive practice resources or time-consuming research using crowdsourced data and decision support technology.
- TermScout, helping people and businesses understand contracts by providing simple reviews of commonly signed agreements.
- Tusk, a platform to automate the fragmented, difficult and expensive estate settlement process.
Three of this year’s participants came through the accelerator’s partnership with the Duke Law Tech Lab.
Throughout the rigorous 10-week curriculum, LexisNexis says, participants gain knowledge and expertise in a variety of topics, including technology and product development, running an agile product development organization, building a strong company culture, selling to legal departments and law firms, leveraging legal data, and identifying best practices in customer success, marketing and fundraising.
The program is led by Lex Machina Chairman Josh Becker and Chief Evangelist Owen Byrd and LexisNexis Vice President of Product Management Jeff Pfeifer. Additional support is provided by LexisNexis Chief Technology Officer Jeff Riehl and Chief Product Officer Jamie Buckley.